Christian Counselling

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Michelle Barratt Psychology is a Toowong and Redland Bay / Wynnum – Manly Clinical Psychology Practice, and aims to provide Christian Counseling in Brisbane at the highest standard. The practice values implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support their clients feel safe, heard and understood, but also strives to offer effective treatment that will empower clients to learn new skills to support them in the future. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide Christian Counselling at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but will work with you as their client in your faith discussing your walk with God and Jesus Christ our Lord. We know that a persons faith has a profound impact on how they cope in their journey and so we endeavour to support you in this. Your psychological treatment plan will include how you manage your relationship with God. We offer Christian Psychology to  children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family’s who need Christian Therapy to work through their concerns and to support them to succeed their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, and feel you need better support with a Christian Psychologist, please don’t hesitate to contact us to support you through to the next step of how to proceed with an appointment. However, if you would like to contact us NOW please fill out the ‘Email Contact Form’ below to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

As a Christian psychologist, Michelle Barratt offers not just her professional skills and experience in psychology, but believes she is able to come alongside not just Christians but all people, and therefore adds a different dimension to her therapy sessions. She believes her therapy sessions can offer a greater and deeper connection with her clients as she walks beside them on their journey. She believes that understanding the spiritual beliefs of a person can be of great assistance in the therapeutic setting as clients work their way through distress, pain and confusion.

Michelle’s main priority as a psychologist is to offer a therapeutic environment; psychological sessions that are based on a foundation of confidentiality, trust, empathy and validation. This is fundamental in her practice, as she believes that this foundation will allow clients the best chance to explore further what’s behind their presenting issues and therefore understand more fully what could be hindering their lives going forward. Through this understanding, any goals reached will be clearer to the client.

Psychological journeys are set at the client’s pace, and Treatment Plans incorporate the client’s own goals with smaller goal posts set up along the way. Psychological journeys are not a race, but a discovery process. However, the journey is yours and evidence-based psychological interventions are implemented with facilitation and support by Michelle Barratt as your own exclusive physician.

Research has found that psychology sessions bring a wealth of support and reprieve to many individual’s lives, and that inevitably these have long-lasting effects.

In addition, Michelle’s psychological practice focuses on a wide range of issues:

Family therapy for situations such as:

  • Assisting parents in a time of confusion on how best to ‘Parent’ their adolescents – developing a keener sense of insight to what is really going on in their teenage lives
  • How to manage behaviour of children that can seem strange and at time distressing for some parents.
  • How to improve family communication, respect, build and shape more appropriate behaviour and develop a shared understanding between parents and children; especially adolescents. appreciation and understanding.
  • Supporting a family in preparation for separation and/or divorce;
  • Adjusting to divorce and separation
  • Supporting families best manage families who a single/step or blended families: How do parents juggle everything they have to do? It’s not easy!!!

Supporting people through any type of trauma:

  • A trauma is any type of extraordinary frightening event – that meaning: any type of event that is unexpected,frightening, transforming and or overwhelming causing. Thus, causing the person to experience feelings of helplessness, terror and a huge sense of vulnerability and insecurity.
  • Not only experiencing the actual event itself, but just witnessing a traumatic event, can be traumatic – seeing a person being hit by a car.
  • Any type of sudden traumatic loss of a loved one can be debilitating (Parents, siblings, grandparents, the loss of a child or a baby).
  • Going through a divorce can be traumatic.
  • Those who feel they might be experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and believe they might be experiencing flashbacks, panic attacks or avoidance of any particular situation, can have long-lasting debilitating affects.

Overall, when an individual is suffering mental health issues, or has experienced a trauma in their lives, it can often leave a person feeling a range of emotions such as self-blame, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and low levels of self-esteem. These types of emotions are very powerful and will more often than not only obscure how we see ourselves, but how others are behaving and therefore perpetuate issues that we might think are going on in ones life, but actually are not – experiencing distorted realities.

Meeting with a Christian psychologist can often support individuals by helping them to feel like they are truly being understood in their spiritual journey, and therefore better be able to reach their goals. Furthermore, sessions will implement interventions that focus on evidence-based treatments and outcomes will be monitored.

Author: Michelle Barratt

Christian Parenting

Taking on the job of parenting is probably one of the hardest things we will ever ever do. Some parents have reported that in a world so far from Christian morals and values, parenting teenagers has become very difficult indeed.

Most parents present that they love their children unconditionally, however, no matter how much we love our children, and while it can be a rewarding and wonderful experience, realistically many parents are presenting to therapy that they are tired, no in actual fact exhausted, exasperated and worse still, confused as to what to do next.

A parents feelings of confusion can be a very frightening feeling as often they are experiencing a whole series of emotions: helplessness, confusion, anger, frustration, little support from their family or their partners leading to isolation and sometimes feelings of desperation. When exploring what is leading them there, most of the time, although parents love their children or teenagers, it’s during negative behavior that is a struggle for them.

Becoming a parent and fulfilling all the duties of a parent being emotionally and physically available for your children is likely one of the hardest roles you will ever take on.   Many parents have reported that in a world so far from Christian morals and values, parenting today feels more difficult than it ever was, from parenting young children all the way up to parenting teenagers.

Most parents share that although they love their children unconditionally, they feel tired, if not exhausted.  However, beyond that they often report to feel exasperated and confused at how to manage their children’s behaviour and feel guilty and ashamed that they are failing their children.

This situation for most parents is often beyond feelings of being irritated or annoyed, and are often feeling overwhelmed and helpless and fear the loss of having healthy relationships with their children long-term.   Most of the time, when we do a Clinical Intake and explore the history of the family, we often find that there are at times deep wounds that are not communicated or processed well within the parents and the children or that there have been issues with communication or inconsistent parenting.  However, when parents describe issues within the family they usually share issues that might represent some of the following:

  • High levels of conflict
  • Verbal or emotional abuse
  • Tantrums
  • Stonewalling: Refusing to talk, staying in their room all the time, not eating with the family, not answering when spoken to, etc
  • Not being responsive to discipline
  • Not following through with instructions
  • Not completing tasks.

As mentioned above, parenting children and adolescents can be difficult at times, but the Word of God provides us with insight and clear instructions on how God wants us to parent our children. Fundamentally, God instructs us to impart his commandments to them, and as mothers and fathers to model mature Christian behavior, to love their children, to care for their needs, to teach the young, and to discipline fairly. (Deut. 6: 5-9; Prov 22:6)

However, no one can ignore that life’s difficulties can make child-rearing/parenting feel almost impossible some times. Christian Counselling can help guide and support parent/s as they explore any difficulties that may have arisen for them and/or their children; and may include parenting skills training to support the family find its equilibrium again.

It is further re-iterated that Christian Counselling is a safe, non-judgemental and trusting environment, where parents can openly explore their own parenting techniques, as well as identify and build upon the strengths they already have. It is a collaborative process, enabling parents to have a new understanding and perspective, allowing them to raise their children with more clarity and purpose on their journey with God.

Author: Michelle Barratt

Christian Therapy

Michelle Barratt offers not just her professional skills and experience in psychology, but believes she is able to come alongside not just Christians but all people on their spiritual journey.
She believes her therapy sessions can offer a greater and deeper connection with her clients as she walks beside them on their ‘spiritual psychological journey’ with God. She believes that understanding the spiritual beliefs of a person can be of great assistance in the therapeutic setting as clients work their way through distress, pain and confusion and learn to understand how much God loves them.


Fundamentally, meeting with a Brisbane Christian Psychologist can often support a person simply by helping them feel like they are truly being understood in their Faith and walk with God. Including the spiritual context in counselling can sometimes be more holistic for that particular person, especially if in their walk with God they wish Him to be an integral part of the decisions they make to move forward, and or to work through their pain. Having someone to walk alongside them as they explore where they are in their journey with God is extremely powerful; this can often provide a very particular perspective in how they process their position in their life with God and their pain with HIm. Therefore, having someone understand and explore this with them can be a truly healing and touching process for them.


In addition, Christians in their walk with God, experience just as complex issues as anyone, however Michelle Barratt’s (Michelle Barratt Psychology) psychological practice focuses on supporting individuals, parents and families on a wide range of issues, for example – Christian Family/Individual/Parent Psychological Therapy aims to:

  • Assist parents in a time of confusion on how best to ‘Parent’ their adolescents – to support parents develop insight, and skills to connect with their children – to develop a deeper understanding of what is really going on in their teenagers lives.
  • Improve family communication, develop respect and mindfulness for one another, and how to shape more appropriate behaviour.
  • Provide support for families preparing for separation and/or divorce.
  • Provide support in adjusting to divorce and separation.
  • Supporting families best manage family;s who are single-parent families, who are step or blended families.

Supporting people through any type of trauma:
‘A trauma’ is any type of extraordinary frightening event, however this event is often totally unexpected, extremely frightening, overwhelming and causes the person to experience feelings of helplessness, alongside and a huge sense of vulnerability and insecurity. Trauma is also often experienced by people witnessing a traumatic event that is frightening, unexpected and where they too feel helpless – for example – seeing a person being hit by a car and not being able to do anything about it.

Trauma can also be experienced when there is, for example:

  • Any type of sudden traumatic loss of a loved one, or when involved in an accident or witnessing an accident.
  • Experiencing a traumatic birth, the loss of a baby.
  • If someone has been involved in a robbery or attack.
  • Children witnessing domestic violence.
  • Partners experiencing domestic violence.
  • Going through a divorce can be traumatic.
  • The sudden loss of a home or income, or
  • Having to flee from somewhere due to violence or being in fear of your life.

Unfortunately, trauma can cause or develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where people then experience flashbacks, panic attacks or avoidance of any particular situation, place and sometimes avoid trying to process any emotions at all. We will always advise that if anyone is experiencing any of these symptoms to seek professional support as they can have long-lasting debilitating effects.

Overall, when an individual is suffering mental health issues, or has experienced a trauma in their lives, it can often leave a person feeling a range of emotions such as self-blame, guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and low levels of self-esteem. These types of emotions are very powerful and will more often than not, not only obscure how we see ourselves, but how we view the world. Unfortunately, this type of dysfunction can develop distorted realities and affect the healthy functioning of the person as a whole. We sincerely advise you to seek the consultation of your GP and to speak with them about obtaining a referral to either a Psychologist to support you process your trauma and or to seek support from a Psychiatrist if medicinal support is required.

Author: Michelle Barratt

Christian Couples Therapy


CHRISTIAN COUPLES COUNSELLING

A marriage relationship can be challenging, with all the various factors in family life that can often bring about stress. These factors can include raising children, balancing finances and managing in-laws, just to name a few. However there is a secret to having a healthy Christian marriage.

Having a happy Christian marriage actually involves more than the two people in the marriage. It needs a third party, with that party being Jesus. To understand that further, one needs to explore how their beliefs of God, impact on the way to view their spouse, and family. It also affects how they view life in general and wrong beliefs can often lead to negative results in a relationship.

If you are interested in improving your marriage, or are going through seemingly insurmountable conflict with your spouse, seeing a psychologist can be a highly beneficial experience, as one is able to uncover the unhealthy core beliefs that one has, as well as understand how that affects one’s partner.

Joey is very keen to help Christian couples who need support in this area and incorporating one’s Christian beliefs into the therapeutic intervention.

Author: Joey Tai

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